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Welcome to Mr. Bigler's Moodle site. This site serves as the syllabus or curriculum guide for each of the courses that Mr. Bigler teaches. Content for each course includes:

  • Downloadable copies of class notes and other handouts
  • Downloadable copies of worksheets and other assignments
  • Web-based resources, including instructional videos, relating to each topic
  • Practice problems
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    Physics 1 is designed for high school students in grades 11 & 12. Topics studied include kinematics (motion), dynamics (forces), energy, linear momentum, electricity & magnetism, waves, and thermal physics (heat). The course requires that students be comfortable describing and solving real-world problems using algebra and basic trigonometry. The course also requires vector math, but this topic is taught at the beginning of the course. The course is supported by an interactive, inquiry-based laboratory environment where students gain hands-on experience with the concepts being studied. The content of the course course exceeds the requirements of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for high school physics.

    AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based covers topics and concepts typically included in the first semester of an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course.  Topics include kinematics (motion), dynamics (forces), circular motion & gravitation, simple harmonic motion, momentum & impulse, energy & work, rotational motion & torque, electric charge & electric force, DC circuits (resistors only), and mechanical waves & sound.  The course focuses on high-level understanding of concepts, experimental design and critical thinking, and prepares students for the AP Physics 1 exam in May.

    AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based is a second-year physics course designed for high school students in grade 12 who have completed AP Physics 1.  The course covers topics and concepts typically included in the second semester of an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course.  Topics include  fluid statics & fluid dynamics, thermal physics & thermodynamics, electricity & magnetism (including RC circuits and electromagnetic induction), light & optics, and modern (quantum, atomic & nuclear) physics.  The course focuses on high-level understanding of concepts, experimental design and critical thinking, and prepares students for the AP Physics 2 exam in May.

    Honors Chemistry I (sometimes called pre-AP chemistry) is a first-year chemistry course that exceeds the requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Education for high school chemistry. Topics studied include measurement, matter, energy & heat, gases, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, electronic structure, periodicity & the periodic table, chemical formulas & nomenclature, covalent bonding & molecular geometry, intermolecular forces, solutions, chemical reactions & equations, oxidation & reduction, the mole, stoichiometry, kinetics & equilibrium, and acids & bases. Honors Chemistry I prepares students to take AP Chemistry and/or the SAT subject test in chemistry.

    Advanced Placement Chemistry is a rigorous second-year chemistry course for students who have completed Chemistry I at the honors level. According to many college professors, AP Chemistry is equivalent to eight credits (two semesters) of a college honors chemistry course intended for chemistry majors. The course covers several topics not usually covered in Chemistry I, such as thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry.

    Note that this MOODLE course was last used with the old AP Chemistry curriculum, before the course modified in 2013-14.